Serial killer convicted: Ramon Escobar has confessed to killing aunt and uncle who went missing in 2018

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A Los Angeles serial killer admitted killing two Houston relatives and confessed to five other murders and seven assaults in California, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Saturday.

On Friday, California’s Ramon Escobar, 50, was sentenced to life in prison without parole after he admitted killing his 65-year-old uncle Rogelio Escobar and 61-year-old aunt Dina Escobar in August 2018.

Ramon Escobar appeared from Zoom from a Los Angeles County courtroom to accept a plea for the prosecution. When asked about his plea in his aunt’s case, Ramon Escobar said he was “very guilty”.

Investigators tracked Ramon Escobar to southern California in September 2018, where he had previously been arrested for multiple murders and other violent assaults in Los Angeles.

“This man was a monster who killed strangers and members of his own family without a second thought,” Ogg said. “He choked unsuspecting people to death and bludgeoned others with heavy objects, sometimes while they slept.

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Court documents show that Ramon Escobar confessed to Los Angeles police officers that he killed his uncle and then his aunt while she was looking for her brother.

First, Ramon Escobar killed his uncle with an old police baton because he didn’t feel respected. The uncle had taken Ramon Escobar in and let him live in the house on Prudence Drive in southwest Houston.

Ogg said Ramon Escobar’s aunt then searched her van for her brother, Rogelio Escobar.

Ramon Escobar hid under a pile of clothes in the van and then tried to strangle her from behind with a baton, Ogg said.

The two struggled to the ground and he pressed his knee against her chest until she stopped breathing. Their burned-out van was found on a beach near Galveston. The remains of the aunt and uncle were found in a landfill.

After Houston Police Department detectives questioned Escobar about his uncle’s disappearance, he fled to Santa Monica, California.

A month later, LAPD arrested him in the murder of at least four homeless men.

He told investigators about all the deaths. Details from this interview were included in court documents for a capital murder charge.

Escobar was not extradited to Texas.

Harris County Assistant District Attorney Robert Buss said Friday’s plea deal ensures Ramon Escobar will not be released from prison in California and if he ever is, he will have to serve two life sentences in Texas, which is what the Bring some closure to victims’ families.

“He was brutal,” Buss said. “The families wanted him to go away.”

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